Spring Color Refresh

Hi Beauties,

It’s time to do an updated post on my color refresh for spring. I’ve finally gone lighter and figured you guys would like a little refresher on where we started in terms of hair color a year ago. I am going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding my hair below. Let’s get started!

What did you tell your hairstylist?

  • I’ve covered this before in a previous blog post, but I will briefly mention it here as well. I went to Kelly (my hairstylist) a year ago with dark hair and asked for a balayage. My original choice for balayage was much lighter (click for inspo here). During my consultation with Kelly, she told me that it was going to take some time to get to my desired color and it was better for me to wait approximately 3-4 months between each visit. She was so thorough with explaining the whole process and I trusted her feedback. We had a total of 4 visits before my most recent one where I went lighter with my hair color.
  • My recent visit consisted of me going lighter with my balayage, adding some highlights closer to the roots, some face framing pieces and finally glazing it down to “chestnut blonde”. We didn’t go to the lightest shade of blonde just yet because 1) I didn’t want to damage my hair by bleaching it more than I already did. And 2) the color is going to wash out eventually and the hair color will get lighter. It’s better to wait it out so you’re not left with really dry hair if you don’t maintain it properly.

What color did you ask for?

  • There isn’t a specific “color” you can give a hairstylist. For example, you can’t go to your hairstylist and say “I want coffee color”. There is no such thing, and if your hairstylist says there is… then its probably a recipe for pure disappointment post your session with them. Consult with your hairstylist, ask them questions, show them inspo pictures (creating a mood board helps) and trust heir feedback before you let them paint your hair.
  • Now, not every stylist will be able to replicate the same exact formula that was used on my hair for my balayage. And not everyone’s hair dyes the same way. Keep that in mind as you go in for your session so you’re not disappointed with the results if it doesn’t go the way you initially expected it to go.
  • My formula for balayage is listed in my previous blog post. Linking it here again. Since then, I’ve gone back to either tone my hair down or to add face framing highlights. It’s never been a drastic change. Toning/glazing your hair can refresh the color you’re going for til you’re ready to go lighter.

What’s my current hair formula?

  • BLONDOR and 30vol Freelights Developer, hand painted and sandwiched pieces in foil for maximum lift. Also added face frame of classic foils to insure brightness.
  • Processed for 30 minutes. Then, glazed at the roots with Wella Professionals Color Touch 5/0 and 6/0 = 1.9% for 15min to soften and then glaze the ends with Redken’s shade 9v=8v=9na.
    • BLONDOR Freelights Developer – lifts and tones.
    • Color Touch – demi-permanent color, deposits color without penetrating the hair cuticle, ammonia free and lasts up to 24 shampoos.
  • Consult with your hairstylist about this formula. They’ll be better at helping you understand the products, the terms and the whole process.

How do you maintain your hair between visits?

  • I don’t wash my hair everyday. Between washes, I use dry shampoo.
  • I let my hair air dry. Unless I absolutely need to use a hairdryer…I don’t even bother using it.
  • Use heat protectant when using hair tools, keeps your hair from getting damaged.
  • Use masks. Hair masks are a must. Using them at least 2 times a week helps your hair rejuvenate from the dying process.

What hair products do I currently use?

What haircut do you get?

  • I’ve got lots of layers, and the shape is known as the V cut.
  • I haven’t really gotten a haircut in awhile though. Typically when I go in for my visits, we either give me more layers or we trim, but it’s been about 6 months since I had a trim. My hair had been doing fine and I didn’t think I needed it.
  • However, this last visit it was evident that my ends were dry, had split ends and required some “dusting”.
  • Trim vs. Dusting, you ask?
    • Dusting is a hair care practice where less than a quarter-inch is trimmed from the hair. With so little hair trimmed from the head, the gathered clippings resemble dust, hence the term ‘dusting,’ rather than the obvious and large clippings trimming or cutting the hair leaves behind”

And there you go! I hope all of this information helps you when you go in for your consultation or session. If you have any questions for me or my stylist, leave a comment. I’ll be happy to answer all questions!


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I’m Maryam, your new guide. Welcome to my Blog!

Maryam Ishtiaq is a content creator and social media strategist who currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

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